Half a year after his life-threatening accident, Egan Bernal seems to be closer and closer to be back to racing form, and recent statements from the director of the Vuelta a Espana suggest it may be this coming August.
In an interview with Radio MARCA, Vuelta a Espana race director Javier Guillén has said that Egan Bernal will be at the start in Utrecht on the 19th of August. This, although unconfirmed and with little comunication from the team, comes as a sign of confidence that the Colombian will not only be back to competition soon, but on a higher stage than expected.
Bernal has been training in Andorra over the last few weeks together with several INEOS Grenadiers riders who are scheduled to race the Vuelta. Although this was not an indicative sign that he would be at the start, the chances seem increasingly higher.
It has been rumoured that he could be back to racing at the Vuelta a Burgos in the coming week, however the team is still deciding on the best path for the Colombian. Earlier this month, he said he was hopeful of racing the late-season Italian classics.